On a gorgeous Saturday morning 8,000 participants from Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky descended on Coney Island for the 5th annual Cincinnati Walk Now for Autism Speaks. The day was met with great excitement from adults and children alike enjoying the party pods, trampoline equipment, stage performers, and over 30 plus resource fair vendors. Our corporate sponsors definitely made the day successful for the many families we serve. DHL Express presented a check for $55,000 and the DHL team gathered around the yellow DHL truck to cheer walkers on as they crossed the start. Our friends from Sam’s Club presented a $20,000 check to Walk Chairpersons, Brian Osterday and Kristi Howell and the Sam’s Club crew enjoyed participating in the walk day activities.
Our friends from Jeff Wyler Automotive Group and Kerry Toyota were on hand to advance the Cause. Crest-Oral B distributed lots of samples to ensure our walkers’ dental health success. We also thank Norton Outdoor Advertising, JPM Performance group, and Family Tree Chiropractic and Wellness for their continued support of the event. Jenn Jordan from Cincinnati’s Q102 served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the 5th Consecutive year. Jenn’s passion and commitment to the cause spread to her coworkers and they joined her to celebrate the day. We were thrilled to welcome Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Bootsy Collins and his wife, Patty, to join for a “funky” walk start. Without the hard work and dedication of the planning committee, team captains, walkers, and event volunteers, the Cincinnati walk would not have been a tremendous success. Special thanks to the Oak Hills High School football team for their enthusiasm and hard work on walk day. The sea of blue shirts on walk day was top team ‘Parker’s Puzzle Posse’. They deserve a round of applause for their passion, commitment, and support. The tri-state community is listening.
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